Court Rulings Regarding Bicycle Accident On Skokie Valley Bike Path

There has been a notable Lake County bicycle accident in which the Illinois State Supreme Court has made a ruling.  The alleged bicycle accident, in which the bicyclist suffered various injuries, happened on the Skokie Valley Bike Path in Highland Park.

The bicycle accident lawsuit, as well as the subsequent court rulings, is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the December 18, 2017 Highland Park News article titled “Cyclist’s lawsuit against Highland Park revived by Illinois Supreme Court” as well as the December 18 Highland Park Patch article titled “Supreme Court Rules Against Highland Park Patch In Bike Trail Lawsuit.”

As seen in the articles, the plaintiff, Kathy Corbett, was involved in a bicycle accident on the path in August 2013.  Her injuries allegedly included broken ribs, a punctured lung, and a broken wrist, along with forearm and head injuries.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the Patch article:

Kathy Corbett was seriously injured in a cycling accident on Aug. 21, 2013 while riding with a group along the Skokie Valley Bike Path just north of Old Deerfield Road, according to court filings. A rider in front of her hit a bump in the path and crashed, blocking her path. She ended up riding over him and crashing, suffering a series of injuries.

Two excerpts regarding the court rulings and appeals, from the Highland Park News article:

In December 2015, a Lake County Circuit Court judge granted motions for dismissal filed by the City of Highland Park and Lake County. The defendants said they were shielded from liability for injuries under a section of the state’s local government immunity act. The section states, “Neither a local public entity nor a public employee is liable for an injury caused by a condition of … any hiking, riding, fishing or hunting trail.”

Corbett appealed the ruling with respect to the City of Highland Park, and an Illinois Appellate Court reversed the lower court’s finding. The city appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court.


In a 15-page opinion released Nov. 30, the Illinois Supreme Court found that absolute immunity does not apply to the Skokie Valley Bike Path or other trails improved with asphalt, concrete, crushed aggregate or similar finishes.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Lake County bicycle accident and subsequent lawsuit and court rulings can be seen in the sources mentioned above.


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